Go Set a Watchman Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee is the eye-opening and long awaited sequel to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In the sequel, we see Jean Louise Finch, a 26-year-old writer, visiting her hometown of Maycomb, Alabama. Her annual visits home include catching up with her father Atticus, Uncle Jack, her friend Henry, the people of the town and the memories it contains. Ever since she moved to New York, her relationship with Maycomb has been the same in her mind, but things are changing. Her hometown and its people are beginning to adjust to the new ways of the world around them, including increased segregation. Now Jean Louise, or Scout, must come to terms with these changes she never imagined would happen, including her father. Go Set a Watchman contains many strengths and weaknesses that affect the overall presentation of the book. The strengths make the book what it is and is very important to the way we perceive it, while the weaknesses take away from the flow and understanding of the book. To begin with, there are some significant weaknesses in Go Set a Watchman that made the flow of the story confusing. When Jean Louise makes her first appearance, she is on a train on her way back to Maycomb from New York City. There was never got a clear answer as to why she moved there in particular or what her current occupation is. Upon arrival, she is picked up by a man named Henry, who is not mentioned in the first book. Henry’s background is also not stated for
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Harper Lee’s novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is set in a small, southern town, Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The story is told through the eyes of a girl named Scout about her father, Atticus, an attorney who strives to prove the innocence of a black man named Tom Robinson, who was accused of rape and Boo Radley, an enigmatic neighbor who saves Scout and her brother Jem from being killed. Atticus does his job in proving there was no way that Tom Robinson was guilty during his trial, but despite Tom Robinson’s obvious innocence, he is convicted of rape as it is his word against a white woman’s. Believing a “black man’s word” seemed absurd as segregation was a very integrated part of life in the south. The social hierarchy must be maintained at all costs and if something in the system should testify the innocence of a black man against a white woman’s word and win then what might happen next? Along with the prejudice amongst blacks and whites, the story also showed how people could be misunderstood for who they truly are such as Boo Radley. Without ever seeing Boo, Jem and the townsfolk made wild assumptions on what Boo does or looks like. Even so, while “To Kill a Mockingbird” shows the ugliness that can come from judging others, its ultimate message is that great good can result when one defers judgement until considering things from another person’s view. Walter Cunningham, Mrs. Dubose, and Boo Radley are all examples of how looking at things
-This book is the sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird, which follows 26 year old Jean Louise Finch (Scout), home from New York to visit her father, Atticus. While visiting Scout discovers troubling truths from her past. This book would be a good choice for me because, when I read To Kill A Mockingbird in eighth grade I fell in love with the story.
The people we surround ourselves with will eventually greatly influence how we develop and change over time. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird we follow a young girl named Jean Louise Finch or commonly known as Scout. As she goes through life she comes across many events that will being to shape how her character will turn out to be. Her moral decisions and reactions to the controversial events that occur, play a big role in the way she develops as a person.
Throughout To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman the readers learn about the character Jean Louise. The two books give an idea of her family's background, how she was raised, and how the teachings of her father shaped her into becoming the woman she is; whose adult mindset comes to light in Go Set a Watchman. This essay will explore who Jean Louise was as a child and how she is as an adult, and how I might relate or differ.
To Kill a Mockingbird is written through the eyes of Jean Louise, often referred to as Scout. It tells the story of her growing up and describes her struggles with the educational system – as well as being a target for prejudice. It also shows her viewing her father’s court case as he defends Tom Robinson from being convicted for a crime he didn’t do.
Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is the story of two children coming of age and learning about their hometown and the whole world. The two children in the story are Jem and Scout Finch. Jem and Scout live with their father, Atticus, in Maycomb County. Throughout the story, many problems arise which teach both children about bravery. The three bravest characters in the novel include their neighbor Mrs. Dubose, a convicted black man named Tom Robinson, and their father Atticus.
Jean Louise Finch also known as her nickname “scout” has personal opinions toward racism. As I touch more on that later in the beginning she is returning home from New York, going back to Alabama to visit her father who is Atticus Finch. Once she arrives, there waiting for her was an old friend slash lover to pick her up because her fathers arthritis was bothering him. This young man’s name is Henry. He would love to marry her but she will continue to refuse his proposal. Her father Atticus has a law firm and likes to wear two watches on his arm. He is thrilled to see her and is anxiously at home waiting for her and once she arrives she is thrilled to hear about how everyone is doing. Atticus goes about telling Jean How they moved across town and that an ice cream parlor now stands where their house used to be. Henry then leaves but schedules a date for him and Jean to catch up. Jean
Jean Finch, also known as Scout, is the main character in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Scout is a young girl living in a small town, Maycomb, Alabama. Throughout the story you witness Scout develop into a curious, strong, and understanding character. Jean is close to her brother Jem, father Atticus, and Cook Calpurnia. The Finch family lost their mother while the children were young and the absence of a mother figure is prominent in Jean. In the first chapters, the reader sees Jean playing with boys more than girls and having more interest on what is happening outside not what Calpurnia is doing in the kitchen. From the beginning, it is portrayed that Scout is more intelligent than the rest of the kids in her class. Due to the way she speaks and carries herself. The children in Maycomb often do not know how to read and write until their first year of school. However, Scout knows how to do this task better than some kids in the higher grades. Therefore, it causes trouble with the students and most importantly her teacher. A large conflict comes forth with Jean’s teacher, causing Jean to believe that she does not need to exceed the reading goals for
We are set in our ways, bound by our perspectives and stuck in our thinking- Joes Osteen. While many opportunities arise in life for many different individuals of very different backgrounds, people rarely accept their shovel to dig out of their hole. In Harper Lee’s novel to Kill a Mockingbird Bob Ewell is given many chances to pull himself and his family out of their elected squalor; however, being set in his ways he never took a leap into the above. Bob Ewell had many chances to rise out of social inequality and to free his family from their political bondage, although, he never took the chances to heart.
Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee created false impressions and disillusion to readers with the drastic change of Atticus Finch’s character from the first book, To Kill A Mockingbird. It strengthened the topic of discrimination of blacks after just reading the captivating plot of Atticus taking a stand on racism. Atticus was a hero to all races in To Kill A Mockingbird and then sadly known for his racist behavior in Go Set A Watchman. The role reversal of Atticus Finch left questions to his morals and values. Atticus’s daughter, Jean Louise at the age of 26 found him in a meeting with Henry attending Maycomb citizens’ council, an organization dedicated to preserving segregation in the South. She could not wrap her head around the deceit and lies that her father had sheltered her from in her childhood. Jean always looked up to Atticus and his stance for equality. Atticus’ views were hard for Jean to define as she was growing up into adulthood. “Do you want Negroes by the carload in our schools and churches and theaters? Do you want them in our world?” (Lee, Harper. Go Set a Watchman.) Atticus believed the world was only for white people. “She felt sick. Her stomach shut, she began to tremble.” (Lee, Harper. Go Set a Watchman.) Previously, he claimed to want fair treatment for all races in To Kill A Mockingbird when he defends Tom Robinson, a black male who was accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. "Scout," said Atticus, "nigger-lover is just one of those
People often fear what they don 't understand. Evolutionary psychology can be traced back millions of years, when fear was avoided because of its repercussion of death. An aversion to the unknown was usually safer. Therefore, evolution culled for human traits that feared and avoided the unknown. Fear of the unknown shows how people become narrow-minded and ignorant to their surroundings, and how people behave when they believe something will happen even though they are solely intolerant. This ideology directly correlates to Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a MockingBird. Throughout the story, the townspeople attempt to overcome their various fears by turning against each other. In Maycomb, fear enforces racism and causes the townspeople to
Taking place about twenty years after To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman is an extension of sorts of the award-winning novel. Harper Lee writes about Scout, who goes by Jean Louise in Watchman, when she is in her twenties, and is in a relationship with her brother 's childhood friend Henry, who
There was a copious amount of discrimination in the 1930’s deep south, whether it be racism or sexism. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, conflicts arise when an African-American man is unjustly accused of raping a white woman in the sleepy town of Maycomb, Alabama. Citizens of the town are forced to choose whether they believe to follow what the rest of the town thinks, whether that is their true opinion or not, and be honest with themselves and stand up for who they really think is innocent. However, as shown throughout the book, many people have trouble publicly announcing their opinions on the matter, choosing to convey their opinions in more subtle ways. Because of different occasions that question people’s morals and virtues
Up until this year, Nelle Harper Lee stated that she never anticipated publishing another book. Well, turns out that Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman, the initial draft of To Kill a Mockingbird, is said to be even more autobiographical, and it is far less gratifying to Lee and others close to her. The book takes place during the year 1957, which could lead one to believe that the woman living in New York City, returning to Alabama for a visit, could be depicted as Nelle Harper Lee (Wood, 2015).
“There 's four kinds of folks in the world. There 's the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there 's the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, and kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negroes,” (Lee 230). To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is a must read novel and an unforgettable classic that was an instant success which touched the hearts of many at its release in 1960. Written to connect and demonstrate living during much discrimination and racial tension taking place in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama during the height of the Great Depression. Jean Louise (Scout), the narrator of the novel, is a part of the Finch family, along with her older brother Jem Finch and her father Atticus Finch. Jem and